13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Colouring Lotus Threads

Instead of colouring books, this Myanmar boy was helping his family colouring lotus threads at a Lotus weaving shop. Lotus flowers are used by locals to produce strong fibers which are coloured with natural dyes made from the bark of a tree, flower petals, leaves and fruit. These fibres are weaved into beautiful fabric used in scarves and monk robes.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2014
Date Uploaded: 08.2015
Photo Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Ludmilla Milanez Franca